As Polycarp did

"But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye." Acts 4:19 One of the most inspiring stories in church history is the martyrdom of Polycarp.  Polycarp was a pupil of the Apostle John.  He lived between 70 and 155 A.D.  He served as head of the Church at Smyrna and was known as one of the earliest fighters of Christian heresy.  He was well respected by the Church and stood firm in the face of persecution. Read more [...]

Easter, Our Foundation

"And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins."  1 Cor 15:17 This coming weekend, Christians all over the world are going to celebrate Easter Sunday.  It is the day we remember Christ's death, burial and resurrection.  There are special Good Friday services that remind us how much He suffered as they beat, flogged and nailed Him to a rough hewn cross at the behest of the Jews, who did not recognize their long awaited Messiah.  Although these things Read more [...]

And Forget

"For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, 'This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,' then he adds, 'I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.'" Heb 10:14-17 Have you ever been wronged by someone?  I am sure you have.  I know I have many times.  And we are Read more [...]

Trials and Trust

  “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” Php 4:11-12 ESV Over the last couple of years, the world has been going through severe economic and geopolitical upheaval. Extremely high unemployment, downturn in the housing market, inflation, devaluing of retirement savings, Read more [...]

The Majesty of God

"Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things and by your will they existed and were created."  (Rev 4:11) When you think of God, what comes to your mind?  I have had many views of God throughout my life.  As a young child, I heard that He was my heavenly father.  I therefore  saw Him as someone just waiting for me to make a mistake, and when I did, He had a 2x4 in His hand to smack me on the side of my head.  My father never beat me, Read more [...]

Time and Priorities

"I do not have enough time. I am a very busy person."  We hear this everyday.  I seems that people are becoming busier and busier, trying to cram more activities into their lives in an attempt to feel like they are accomplishing something important.  The main areas which appear to take up more time than anything else are entertainment, sports, and financial success. Either we need to see the latest movie/television show, get our kids to soccer, football, gymnastics or dance practice, or work all Read more [...]